The Kent-based group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is hosting a free firearms appraisal fair at the Ravenna VFW post 1055, located at 5998 New Milford Road in Ravenna from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 25.
Multiple area gun shops will participate in the 6th annual event. Those attending can bring their collectables, family heirlooms, gun show finds and firearms that they have general questions about. No firearms will be bought or sold there.
"We are pleased to have the VFW Post 1055's support in hosting this educational event. It's not often that we have multiple, somewhat competing businesses working together in one location. This is not a buy/sell event, but a real opportunity to get various opinions on the value of your items," said Amanda Suffecool, director of REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition.
Suffecool recalled the beginnings of this event and how it came about: A recent widow who was not gun saavy asked a local radio station how to properly get rid of her husband's guns. When the woman dropped the firearms off at her local police station, she was not financially compensated.
"Had she taken them to a local gun shop, she could have sold them. Had she asked the police how she could legally sell them, she would have gotten a different response," Suffecool said.
The group can be contacted at RealizeFAC@yahoo.com or the web site at REALIZEFAC.org.